Whether you are thinking about selling or you would just like to freshen up your home’s look a bit, here are a few techniques that can be tailored to everyone’s pocketbook.

As noted in previous entries, staging is the very best proven way to get top dollar for your home as you prepare it for sale. Homes that are staged sell faster and for more money! But, if you are not interested in selling, you may still find some interesting ideas that you may want to consider for your own enjoyment.

First, glamorize your curb appeal. Whether it is all new sod, fresh landscaping, new exterior design, landscaping lights, or something as simple as an updated, modern front door and handle, curb appeal is paramount to getting buyers through the front door.

Make a memorable entrance. The minute a potential buyer walks in the door, he or she should think looks good, sounds good, and smells good. Put an oversized mirror in your entry or a dramatic piece of artwork. Fresh flowers and scented candles go a long way for this first impression.

Next, refresh old or worn attributes of the home. If you have hardwood floors, have them sanded and re-stained in a darker color. Dark wood floors are more popular than ever and quickly add drama to a home.

If you have carpet, have it steam cleaned or replace it with a light taupe Berber — appealing to most people and makes the room actually appear larger. If you have stone floors, have them pressure cleaned.

Make your furniture unobtrusive. Be open to new furniture layouts. Keep in mind that the fireplace does not always have to be the focus of your seating area. An outdoor room or pool area may be more pleasing to the eye.

Modernize your kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. Stainless steel appliances immediately add perceived value.

Get a five-star hotel look in your bathroom. Everyone loves to go on vacation. Bring the same thick, white, luxury hotel towels into your home bathrooms. Always have the thickest towels on your racks and have two hand towels carefully placed next to each sink. A wood tray with infused scented candles and a Q-Tip holder (with cotton and Q-Tips) is also effective in projecting the five-star hotel look.

Professionally built-out closets add value to your home. If possible, have closets only one-half filled to capacity. Have all your shoes on racks and nothing on the floor. If your closets are scraped up or dingy, paint them white. Put cedar blocks for scent.

Look at your master bedroom as if it were a luxury-hotel suite. You only need a few items to impress. A couple of items to consider: thick white sheetsand pillows; a thick white duvet and duvet cover; and a nice tray with a couple of reading books and scented candles. A plant that reaches the ceiling adds perceived height to any room and, if room permits, try a nice chair with reading light in the corner.

Make sure your house sounds good. Hook-up your iPod to inexpensive wireless speakers casually placed throughout the house.

Add perceived square footage by dramatizing outdoor areas. If you have a small patio, put an oversized leaning mirror on the back wall to double the size and place a café table with two chairs, two placemats and colorful napkins with interesting napkin holders. If possible, hang a candlelight chandelier or an outdoor light above the table. If you have a larger area, create an outdoor living room with eating area. Outdoor living rooms are impressive to buyers and add to the perceived value. Purchase extra-long white sheer mesh draperies and install rods around your trellises or outdoor area for that billowy drapery feeling found only in exclusive resort hotels throughout the world.

These techniques will increase the wow factor needed to sell your home higher and faster. Who knows, you may love your new look so much, you may not want to move at all.

If you would like more information on staging techniques, please give me a call. I will be happy to share my knowledge and experience to get you the best possible price for your home.